My father lives on Calle Amsterdam in La Condesa neighborhood right next to the Parque Mexico and this is by far my favorite area. Many of my recommendations center around this zone but I will also include some fun tips for other areas in the city. Mexico City is perfect for couples, traveling solo, or even for an 18 month old. We had a blast as a family and it’s a place that has something for everyone.
The beautiful Parque Mexico in La Condesa.
This historic center is the heart of Mexico City and includes the areas in and around La Alameda park and the zócalo, the central square. The Centro Histórico is home to the most historic landmarks and the Aztec Templo Mayor. The area has plenty of museums but also has many famed restaurants and great hotel options. I prefer to stay in the area of La Condesa, as the Centro Historico is very busy, but it is truly worth a visit.
Hot tip: the view of Bellas Artes is best from the cafe at the top of the department store across the street.
There is always some beautiful detail to admire around every corner.
The partially unearthed Aztec Templo Mayor
Sterling silver jewelry travel style at the Templo Mayor. You can't go wrong with a statement ring, a simple cuff or bangle bracelet, and a classic pair of hoops. These styles can take you from day to night and go with any outfit.
The main cathedral in the center of the city
Points of Interest
Zocalo Square | Cathedral Metropolitana | Palacio Nacional | Templo Mayor | Museo Nacional de Arte | Palacio de Correos | Palacio de Bellas Artes | Alameda Central | Barrio Alamdea | Garibaldi’s Mariachi Plaza | Jose Vasconcelos Library
Azul Historico | Cafe de Tacuba | Casino Espanol | El Moro | Tacos de Canasta los Especiales | Sanborns de los Azulejos (breakfast) | Danubio (fish and shellfish) | La Casa de las Sirenas | La Opera bar | Mercado de San Juan
Centro Historico food tour with Sabores Mexico Food Tours : http://saboresmexicofoodtours.com/tour/colonia-roma/ - We did this in 2018 and LOVED it!
CHAPULTEPEC PARK & POLANCO
This large residential area centers on Chapultepec Park, which is that largest green area in Mexico City. With the zoo and many amazing museums, it's an ideal place for discovering contemporary Mexican culture. Avenida Presidente Masaryk is the central thoroughfare like the Champs-Elysées of Mexico City. This area is fancy but a lovely place to stay if you are interested in spending lots of time at the parks and museums.
Views of Chapultepec Park
The Soumaya Museum
Points of Interest
Castillo de Chapultepec | Museo de Arte Moderno | Museo de Antropologia | Angel de la Independencia | Parque Lincoln | Antara | Museo Jumex | Pujol (one of the world’s best restaurants) | Museo Tamayo
Mexico City closes down Reforma on Sundays and makes it completely bike and pedestrian friendly. It is always fun to rent a city bike and explore this huge street. You can add a picnic in Chapultepec Park afterwards to complete a perfect Sunday afternoon.
Quintonil | Pujol | Puerto Madero | El Bajio (traditional Mexican cuisine) | Los Panchos (traditional Mexican)
CONDESA & ROMA
This is my area. We always stay here and my father has lived here for years. I even lived here as a baby. This feels the most like home to me and it truly feels like a neighborhood alive. A livable and exciting place that I cannot wait to get back to. This area is home to many new and trendy cafes, bars, restaurants fun shops, art galleries, and clubs. They call this area the lungs of Mexico City because of all of the beautiful green space in the surrounding parks. You could spend hours wandering the streets and parks admiring all of the restored Art Deco buildings while popping in and out of cafes and bars. Every time I am here I see so many new places I want to try.
One afternoon/ evening get some churros and go to the central pavilion in Parque Mexico to people watch. It is a great time- especially with children.
Points of Interest
Parque Mexico | Parque Espana | Avenida Amsterdam | Alvaro Obregon | Plaza Luis Cabrera | Plaza Rio de Janeiro | Fuente de la Cibelas
El Parnita ( tacos) | Contramar (delicious seafood) | Paramo | Lardo (breakfast/ brunch) | Ojo de Agua (breakfast or sandwiches) | La Docena | Churerria el Moro (churros/ sweets) | Comedor Jacinto|Maque (breakfast) |Rosetta
There are so many more restaurants to explore here than just those named. And new ones popping up every month! Enjoy!
Coyoacán is a magical part of the city, with a beautiful central square, cobblestone streets, stunning old homes, and a few very interesting and important museums. This area is known by many for being the home of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. It is the perfect place to spend a quite day exploring the museums and relaxing in the central square. The Sunday market is great and you can also enjoy delicious food during the week at the market near the square. If you're in Coyoacan, make sure to have a drink at the famous cantina, La Guadalupana or get a coffee at El Jarocho! My dad travels all the way to this coffee shop to buy his coffee for his house 😊.
Frida & Diego's house. You can buy tickets online ahead of time to make sure you can skip the line.
Points of Interest
Museo Frida Kahlo | Mercado de Coyoacan | Plaza Jidalgo | Jardin Centenario | Cathedral Coyoacan | El Jarocho Coffee | Museo de Culturas Popular
La Cantina La Guadalupana | Los Danzantes | Many of the little restaurants surrounding the Jardin Centenario in the section of Fuente de los Coyotes are adorable and specialize in Mezcal - specifically Corazon de Maguey | El Jarocho Coffee | El Mercado de Coyoacan (great tostadas and empanadas)
San Angel is another stunning neighborhood comprised of cobblestone streets and Colonial-Era homes. This is where the famous Bazar del Sábado (Saturday Bazaar) is held at Plaza San Jacinto. We have made many wonderful discoveries for Blanca Flor here over the years and we always make sure to go when we are in Mexico City on a weekend. Being in San Angel feels like you have stepped into the past and as though you’re in a magical little town outside the city. If you're in San Angel, make sure to have a drink at the San Angel Inn! I swear by their margarita- best I have ever had!
At the Bazar del Sabado
The San Angel inn is a wonderful place to spend the afternoon relaxing with a Margarita or a delicious authentic Mexican meal.
San Angel Inn | El Cardenal (Mexican – especially delicious carnitas)
Xochimilco is known for its canals and Floating Gardens. On weekends, trajineras, floral decorated boats carry passengers around for a relaxing or party time. Bring your own drinks and snacks for a very enjoyable day on the water. Lively music surrounding you while you connect with friends or other travelers is a wonderful way to spend a day.
This is a great place to go with a group and hire a boat for the day!
RECOMMENDED DAY TRIP
50km (31 miles) NE of Mexico City
The ruins of Teotihuacán are an absolute must see! The Aztecs believed that the gods created the universe here and the site is incredible stunning. If you have the energy the climb to the top of the pyramid of the sun is worth it.
I recommend eating lunch at La Gruta – a restaurant inside a cave nearby the historic site. It is touristy but so much fun.
La Gruta restaurant
I hope these recommendations are fun and inspire a trip to Mexico City. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us for further recommendations! We would love to help.